Someone is desperately needing hope right now. For many it’s already too late. Most of us know someone whose life is being destroyed or has already been destroyed by addiction.
My own brother, Tony was murdered at the age of eighteen after a drug deal gone bad. All around us, we hear of lives being destroyed. Overdoses. Suicides.
What the world labels an incurable disease, God calls sin. The hope we have for deliverance from addiction is the same hope of deliverance from any sinful stronghold. That hope is only found in a Person, not a program. That Person is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Is it you God is speaking to?
God still loves you even when
your own heart condemns you.
The year was 2001…
The officer across the desk from me wouldn’t give in! No matter how much I tried to convince him to let me smoke one last cigarette, he just sat there staring. Finally, he said he couldn’t understand why people smoked anyway; their lungs must be black.
The words I spoke back startled him—even surprising me in my drunken drug-filled state. I told him if he thought my lungs were black, he should see my heart!
Does your own heart condemn you too?
Jesus never condemns us.
Do you have a picture in your mind of what God looks like? It’s most likely one that has changed through the years.
I asked my four-year-old grandson to help me with this blog series by drawing pictures for each part. I love seeing through the eyes of a child! I told him the first part was about looking up to see God.
God loves you right now just as you are!
Nothing can change the fact He created you for His glory.
He still has a plan and purpose for your life.
Has your heart ever looked up to see Jesus dying on the Cross for you?
God is waiting now with His arms wide open. Come as you are. Broken and empty. Look up as a child does to a Father. Confess your sins to Him and agree with Him about your sin.
King David, who is called “a man after God’s own heart” prayed this way:
The goodness of God leads us to repentance.
Salvation is the foundation
for deliverance from addiction
because it’s Christ in us
Who is our hope!
You may already be saved like I was, a child of God who had never developed a daily personal relationship with Him. Although I repented each time, I didn’t know how to walk with the Lord and draw my strength from Him.
You can find my story of deliverance 12 years ago here.
Each of our stories are different, but we have the same Almighty God. He knows each of our hearts. With Him all things are possible!
keep looking up
I understand the grief and pain addiction causes. Do you have a prayer request? I would love to pray for you or your loved one. You can email me at Julie@LovedForeverAfter.com. Please join me for Part 2 of this series: “See the Truth.”